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The Very Best Of

Julie London

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Album Review

There are quite a few single-disc Julie London best-of collections on the market. This fine compilation, The Very Best of Julie London, is the only double-disc offering to date. It does a wonderful job of providing an expanded but still easily digestible look at the career of the sultry singer. Of course it includes her signature song, "Cry Me a River," as well as a great many other songs she made her own like "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Girl Talk," "Sway," and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." The sequencing of the tracks flows nicely and the focus on London's delicate treatment of standards gives the set a touch of class that some collections lack due to their inclusion of many of the novelty-style numbers that she recorded. The only track here that would fall into that category is London's cute but corny take on the Doors' "Light My Fire." London neophytes would be better served by a solid single-disc best-of; those who want more of her sweet pillow talk will find this to be a nice addition to their collection.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

Can't say much more than fantstic....

An oft-overlooked treasure in Jazz!

Maybe as a result of her beauty or her greater renown as an actress in later life, Julie London is often under appreciated as a jazz vocalist. For me, her sultry, sensual vocal style and exquisite sense of rhythm and timing make her easily one of the finest voices in the jazz canon, sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Ella, Billie and Sarah Vaughn and the material on this album gives this fine artist the perfect opportunity to showcase her talents!

Dodgy digital processing ruins some songs

Well I know you get a lot of songs for the money which is why I've been generous and given this a two star rating.

However, some of the songs have been mangled by noise reduction or some other kind of digital processing. It sounds like Julie is singing them underwater - a shocking abuse of a beautiful voice.

Buy another album - don't waste your money like I did.

Biography

Born: 26 September 1926 in Santa Rosa, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

A sultry, smoky-voiced master of understatement, Julie London enjoyed considerable popularity during the cool era of the 1950s. London never had the range of Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan, but often used restraint, softness, and subtlety to maximum advantage. An actress as well as a singer, London played with heavyweights like Gregory Peck and Rock Hudson in various films, and was married to Jack Webb of Dragnet fame for seven years before marrying songwriter Bobby Troup ("Route 66"). London performed...
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